His Hero is Gone fans take note! Not only does Tragedy comprise ex-members of the tragically-defunct (pun intended) His Hero is Gone, but it is arguably better and even more forceful and rousing.
His Hero is Gone comparisons are inevitable, but Tragedy is an altogether different beast than its much more brutal (not to mention very, very good) predecessor. Tragedy takes a much more traditional and melodic approach to hardcore songwriting while still retaining His Hero is Goneís trademark brutality and energy. Some of the songs ("Conflicting Ideas," "Beginning of the End," "Night Falls") are almost majestic, while songs like "Call to Arms" are decidedly more straightforward in execution. The important thing is that Tragedy understands the importance of nuance and dynamics a hell of a lot more than His Hero is Gone, which isnít to paint the band in a bad light, but it is testament to Tragedyís superior song craft.
It is often the case that words/reviews cannot properly convey the overall nature of a particular recording, but mark my words, Tragedy fucking slays. If you fancy yourself a fan of well-written, blindingly fast speed-punk/grind, look no further. (9/10)
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